SOLD OUT!! DIGITAL SALES ONLY! Melbourne fourpiece Dick Diver have only been at it for less than a year, but already have the hallmarks of a modern classic. There’s something in their combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York punk edge and scratchy 90s indie rock that transcends influences to become truly rare and exciting.
Maybe it’s the dual songwriting of guitarists Alastair McKay and Rupert Edwards, which lobs Dick Diver up alongside Go-Betweens heroes Forster & McLennan. Or perhaps it’s the epic but non-ridiculous guitar solos they trade off, with faint echoes of Television or Yo La Tengo. It could be the punk credentials of bassist Al Montfort (UV Race, Straightjacket Nation) that give the band some extra heft, or even the laconic drumming and casual harmonies of Steph Hughes (ex-Children Collide).
Whatever it is, Dick Diver are definitely making an big impression. Their debut release is the Arks Up EP, part of a new Chapter Music series that pairs a vinyl single and a CD with bonus tracks. It kicks of with instant classic Walk For Room, one minute and 57 seconds of pure lazy pop magic, followed by the eerie Keys and the genius songwriting of Tender Years. The CD adds three extra tracks for a perfect introduction to one of Australia’s most instantly engaging young bands.
The release takes the form of a three song vinyl single, plus a CD with three bonus tracks.
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Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with second album Calendar Days, the follow-up to 2011 debut New Start Again.
Previously known for their scratchy, dueling guitars and laconic delivery, Dick Diver throw a few curveballs on Calendar Days. The first sound you hear on the record is the tick of a drum machine, [...]
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Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with second album Calendar Days in March this year, the follow-up to 2011 debut New Start Again.
In the lead-up here is new track Water Damage, the second single to be released from the album [...]
By Dick Diver Released November 2012
Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with Alice, the first song off their second album, provisionally entitled Calendar Days, which is due for release on Chapter Music in 2013. This comes after celebrated 2011 debut album New Start Again and 2009 EP Arks Up.
Alice sees the band in classic full-tilt pop mode, the two [...]
By Dick Diver Released October 2011
New Start Again, the debut album by Melbourne foursome Dick Diver, is warm and understated, shot through with casual grace and supported by real backbone. It’s an intriguing combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York edge and 90s indie-rock scratch that transcends its influences to become truly honest and exciting.
The respectively wry and poetic [...]
There’s something in Melbourne fourpiece Dick Diver’s combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York punk edge and scratchy 90s indie rock that transcends influences to become truly rare and exciting.
The band started out with guitarists Alastair McKay and Rupert Edwards sharing songwriting in a classic Forster & McLennan style, but have since opened up to [...]